This review was first published in Resource Links Magazine, “Canada’s national journal devoted to the review and evaluation of Canadian English and French resources for children and young adults.” It appears in volume 15.4.
In Too Deep
This mystery is satisfying in many ways: the teenaged protagonists are allowed out on their own without adult supervision; the mystery is sufficiently real and localized that the protagonists have a chance to have solved it at their age; the crisis that evolves is one that corresponds well with the setting that the author has presented; the setting is one that readers—especially those from Ontario—will recognize as authentic.
Robyn has a new mystery presented to her when she accompanies her best friend Morgan to cottage country as an apprentice for the local newspaper. She discovers that her boyfriend Nick has mysteriously signed on at a boys’ rehabilitation centre that Robyn ends up investigating. It is a bit stereotypic that the head of police, Robyn’s father’s friend, turns out to be the “bad guy,” instead of the junior policeman Robyn suspects. Despite the predictability of the plot to an adult reader, the story holds together well and retains its interest to the juvenile reader, mainly because of the agency assigned to the protagonists, and the intelligence they use in solving their mystery.